Shoba Narayan writes about food, travel, fashion, art, and culture for many publications, including Conde Nast Traveler, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Town & Country, Food & Wine, Saveur, Newsweek, and House Beautiful. She writes a weekly column for Mint Lounge, an Indian business daily, which is affiliated with the Wall Street Journal. Her commentaries have aired on NPR's All Things Considered. Narayan is the author of Monsoon Diary: A Memoir with Recipes, and her essay "The God of Small Feasts" won the James Beard Foundation's MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.
"An absolute joy to read. Through her close encounters with the
bovine kind, Narayan shows how Indian traditions are incorporated
into her contemporary way of life."
--Library Journal, starred review
"Sincere and laugh-out-loud funny . . . Narayan's rich and
evocative writing transports readers to the busy streets of
Bangalore and a fully formed picture of modern India."
--Kirkus Reviews "Filled with the vivid colors, sights, and sounds of a vibrant and ancient culture, Narayan's in-depth treatment of cow mythology is a beautiful ode to her motherland."
--Booklist "Lovely, lighthearted . . . a journey through cultural mores and female friendship, as well as a look at the spiritual and historical part that cows play in India; an easy read that you can't help but love."
--Refinery29 "Anyone with the slightest interest in India or cows will find Narayan's memoir, with its myriad insights, a delight."
--Shelf Awareness "The relationship that forms between Shoba Narayan and her milk lady is wildly funny, and completely real. It's so rare to find friendships like this that cut across class."
--Arun Venugopal, host of WNYC's Micropolis "Narayan imparts well-researched, intriguing, and sometimes humorous facts about the complex role of cows in Indian culture."
--New York Journal of Books
"Shoba Narayan offers a surprisingly fresh understanding of everyday life in the land of the sacred cow, overflowing with the daily contradictions and ironies that India so richly offers up to the discerning eye, in a wonderfully eloquent generational saga, intertwined with milk, dung and Uber."
--Raju Narisetti, CEO, Gizmodo, and former managing editor of The Washington Post